Landscape Design Ideas & Plants for Color Trends 2008 – Brown Exudes Luxury

Trend #6 -Brown exudes luxury
Brown as a feature in the landscape? Doesn’t that have a negative connotation (dead leaves, brown field, bare dirt)?  No! I love that this is a trend, because it allows me to celebrate one of my all time favorite plants. ….Carex ‘Comans Bronze’… Yes I have planted it for clients and they have inquired about it’s health but in the end it’s endless sophistication brings style to any space.
Carex comans red
Carex comans red
Resin Containers let you go big without too much extra cost. The Madison Container in Old Bronze is a beautiful shade of brown that sets off almost any plant and you can get it in sizes up to 48”. Start channeling your inner Ian Schrager.
Brown Containers from Cresecent Garden
Planters for a residential client of Greayer Design Associates in Westport, CT using the Madison Containers.

I love these planters…I own a few myself (in white) but they are really great for hotels and restaurants – durable and modern.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. stephanie on August 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    could you please identify the plants in the middle photo? they are beautiful together.

    • rochelle on August 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      the grasses are carex comans bronze the shrubs look to be a dogwood and maybe there is an imperata (the red in the middle)

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